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Guns on Campus? 

Thayne: "I do not ever see a time in which students will be 
allowed to carry guns on this campus' 

Melissa Pavone '14 

Staff Writer 
Isaiah Luck' 14 

Contributing Writer 

Lebanon Valley College is 
sticking to its guns and will not 
follow the example set by several 
state-related universities that 
permit guns on their campuses. 

"We (Lebanon Valley 
College) are against guns being 
permitted on campus. I do not 
ever see a time in which students 
will be allowed to carry guns on 
this campus/' says LVC President 
Lewis E. Thayne. "Furthermore; 
as a private college, we are able to 
set up rules for our community 
and our community is based on 
not having guns on campus. This 
includes our campus safety" 

Unlike the 14 state-owned 
universities in the Pennsylvania 
State System of Higher 
Education (PSSHE), LVC is a 
private institution that can set its 
own standards for firearms. 

Within restrictions that 
include being generally 
banned from school buildings 
and athletic events, guns are 
permitted at Shippensburg, 
Millersville, Slippery Rock, 
Edinboro, Lock Haven, and 
California Universities. An 
uproar ensued when Kutztown 
University adopted a similar 
policy. Guns on those campuses 
can be carried in open areas and 

Gun rights' advocates have 
cited shooting tragedies such 

Photo illustration by Amber Shay '15 / LA VIE 

as the Sandy Hook Elementary 
School massacre in Newtown, 
CT; the cinema rampage in 
Aurora, CO; and the killings at 
Virginia Tech and other incidents 
at malls and office buildings 
as examples of incidents in 
which an armed response would 
have reduced the number of 

Carolyn Hanes, Professor 
of Sociology and Criminal 
Justice, doesn't quite see it that 
way. "College campuses should 
not be armed camps where 
accidents, suicides, or inflamed 
passions can be exacerbated by 
the ready availability of guns. 
Arming the college population 
is likely to result in more, rather 
than less, violence on campus," 
says Hanes. 

Dr. Gary Grieve-Carlson, 

See Gun Policy story and sidebar on other colleges' and universities' gun policies on Page 3 

Professor of English, says 
allowing guns on campus does 
not equate to a safe environment. 
"I'm opposed to allowing guns 
on campus, and would be more 
fearful if they were allowed on 
campus," says Grieve-Carlson. "I 
think it would hurt relationships 
— if, in the back of my mind, I'm 
wondering whether someone is 
carrying a loaded gun while I'm 
interacting with that person, that 
doesn't contribute to a relaxed, 
open exchange of ideas." 

While saying he is not 
opposed to guns, Greg Krikorian, 
Vice President of Student Affairs 
and Dean of Students, says 
that weapons have no place on 
college campuses. "In general, I 
am not opposed to guns. They 
have a place in society as long 
as they are appropriately taken 

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Student Opinions 
on Having Guns on 

Amber Shay' 15 


Lebanon Valley College's 
1,689 students were given the 
opportunity to weigh in on the 
question: "Should students, 
faculty and staff be permitted to 
carry firearms on campus?" 

With a little more than 25 
percent (434) of LVC students 
responding to the survey, 72.8 
percent answered no, while 27.4 
percent said yes. 

"On one hand, I think it 
would be beneficial in case 
there ever was an emergency. 
However, I feel that by allowing 
firearms on campus, we open up 
the possibility for things to go 
wrong. By not allowing them on 
campus, we are not eliminating 
all possibilities for something 
to happen, but we are certainly 
decreasing the chances," one 
student observed. 

In answering yes, one student 
commented: "I grew up with 
firearms in the house and hunting 
is a way of life in my family. If 
children grow up respecting and 
knowing how to properly use 
the firearms I feel they will use 
them only in case of emergency 
or for protection. My children 
will grow up with firearms in 
my home and will learn how to 
use them and respect them at a 
young age." 

When asked, "Would you feel 
safer if students, faculty, and staff 
were permitted to carry weapons 
of campus?" 76.7 percent of 
respondents said no, while 23.2 

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Guns at LVC : Students respond through SurveyMonkey 

Continued from Page 1 

answered yes. 

"I understand the rights 
to carrying a firearm, but I 
personally would not feel 
any extra sense of security on 
campus. In fact, I believe I would 
feel more on edge. Accidents can 
happen when carrying firearms, 
so I think it's best to keep those 
accidents off of LVC s campus," 
one student said. 

However, when asked, "Are 
you aware of the step -by-step 
procedures on what to do if there 
were an active shooter on campus 
or in a campus building?" an 
alarming 8 1.8 percent (355 of the 
434 participating in the survey) 
said no. Only 79 students or 18.2 
percent said yes. 

A student wrote: "I believe 
that faculty and staff should be 
able to carry firearms, so that in 
case of emergency they are ready 
to protect the lives of students 
and staff. I do not particularly 
think that students need to carry 
firearms, especially while in 
class or walking around campus. 
I do think that students should 
have to undertake self-defense 
classes as part of a course. Also, 
I wish the school would send out 
detailed instructions regarding 
what to do if there was a shooter 
or serious threat on campus." 

Another student wrote: "I 
think all students should be 
aware of what to do if there is 
an active shooter on campus 
because I have no idea how to 
handle that situation/' 

Here's a sampling of student 
survey comments: 

"My great-uncle was a cop, 
and his pistol was in his closet 
with the safety on when he was 
going down the stairs and it 
went off. He ended up dying in 
his mother s arms right there. 
Guns should be left at home and 
be locked separated from ammo, 

not casually left in a dorm room 
where they can either go off, or 
be stolen and used to kill/hurt 

"Besides, why would you 
NEED a gun on campus except 
to either compensate for 
something or to hurt people? 
I am not against the private 
ownership of guns. I am against 
guns being allowed in public 
places outside a range or hunting 

"Are you insane? Emotionally 
unstable people with guns ... 
cheating boyfriends would be 
shot dead by jealous girlfriends 
... dangerous!" 

"Knowing some of the 
students on campus, I would 
not feel at all safe if firearms 
were allowed. There are too 
many idiots who wouldn't take 
them seriously. I wouldn't care 
if public safety had firearms, 
though (They may already I have 
no idea)." NOTE: LVC Public 
Safety is not armed. 

"I believe that if you can pass 
the application process, then 
you should be able to carry a 
gun. People in today's society 
are too afraid of firearms. Grow 
up people!" 

"I would be comfortable if 
faculty and staff members who 
are trained and have a permit 
to carry a firearm have weapons 
on campus, but I would not 
be comfortable with students 
carrying firearms on campus. I 
would worry about what would 
happen if a student was drunk 
and had a weapon." 

"Guns do not kill people; 
people kill people. Guns are ok 
as long as people are trained how 
to properly use them." 

"I feel students who are 
sportsmen should be able to 
keep hunting rifles and the like 
somewhere on campus. Perhaps 
in a safe room in Public Safety 
where registered students who 
filled out paperwork would be 
able to sign them in and out. 

"As a hunter myself, it would 
be great to have something to 
that effect so I could just pick 
my firearm up and be able to 
leave to go on a weekend hunting 
trip, which is hard for myself and 
other students who also hunt 
and don't live near campus. Just 
a thought but interesting survey." 

"Stated in the U.S. 
Constitution is 'the right to keep 
and bear arms.' So, yes, students 
and faculty should be permitted 
to carry guns on campus. If LVC 
offered training in firearm safety 
and required students and faculty 
wishing to carry a gun take the 
course before permitting them 
to carry a weapon on campus, 
then I might feel safer. 

"However, we live in a pretty 
small community, and I don't 
see having the option to have 
a gun on campus making this 
community safer or less safe." 

"Personally, I wish we lived in 
a Utopian society where firearms 
did not exist, but clearly we 
don't. We live in a society where 
evil does exist, so I understand 
the desire to have protective 
weapons with you, but carrying 
weapons also causes more fear 
of danger; therefore, I think it 
is best to have licensed security 
guards on campus instead, 
whose job is to protect us from 



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Corrections & Clarifications 

In the Oct. 30 edition of La Vie Collegienne, the authors of the 
Group Projects article on the Features page wrote that Physical 
Therapy major Ines Antensteiner is a graduate of LVC, and that 
she currently works with patients. After communicating with An- 
tensteiner, we want to clarify that she will graduate from LVC in 
2015 and from the Colleges Physical Therapy program in 2017. 
She also has yet to work with patients as a part of her major. We 
apologize for any inconvenience. 

It is our continuing goal to provide readers with complete and ac- 
curate information. To that end, we welcome and encourage noti- 
fication of any mistakes. Readers who wish to submit corrections 
should send an email to lavie(o), subject line: Corrections. 

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Gun Policy: Reasons behind the weapons ban, protocol in case of shooter on campus 

Continued from Page 1 

care of and appropriately used, 
but not on college campuses/' 
says Krikorian. "I believe this is 
a place of learning and growth, 
and one of the keys is safety. I 
don't see a link between guns 
and college campuses." 

Administration opposition 
to guns on campus has the 
backing of LVC students. In 
a campus-wide survey, the 
College's 1,689 students were 
given the opportunity to weigh 
in on the gun debate. Of the 434 
students who participated in the 
survey, a vast majority — 315 
students or 72.58 percent — 
said no to the question: "Should 
students, faculty and staff be 
permitted to carry firearms on 
campus?" Students answering 
yes represented 27.42 percent of 
respondents, or 119 students. 

To the question: "Would you 
feel safer if students, faculty, 
and staff were permitted to 
carry weapons on campus?" the 
response rate was even more 
lopsided: 333 students (76.73 
percent) answered no, compared 
to 101 students (23.27 percent) 
saying yes. 

"I think the campus should 
be a gun free zone," one student 
commented. Another said, "As 
a graduate student, I may have 
a different perspective based 
on age and life experiences. 
With that being said, with the 
Annville Police just blocks from 
campus, and with the college's 

on-campus security team and 
safety blue lights, I cannot think 
of any justification for a firearm 
to be on campus. Let's not have a 
repeat of Virginia Tech." 

The College's Public Safety 
personnel are not armed, and 
Brent Oberholtzer, 
Director of Public 
Safety, agrees with the 
administration's weapons 
ban. "Carrying a weapon 
on campus is not justified 
in any circumstance. 
That responsibility 
lies with our friends at 
the Annville Township 
Police Department and 
other surrounding law 
enforcement agencies, 
such as the Pennsylvania 
State Police." 

Annville Twp. Chief 
of Police Bernard G. 
Dugan says arming a 
college campus is not 
the answer. "I don't think 
it should be a free-for- 
all in that any student 
or faculty should walk 
around campus armed. 
Law enforcement folks 
are trained to respond to 
these situations. We need 
everyone on campuses 
and citizens in general 
to be aware of their 
surroundings and report 
suspicious activity." 

How, then, is the campus 

gunfire? Of the 434 students to guide law enforcement's 
who participated in the survey, response to danger. The Public 
81.8 percent are unaware of Safety staff has no authority 
what to do if there were an active or training to mitigate such a 
shooter on campus. threat. They are to activate the 

Oberholtzer says there is a campus siren, communicate 
contingency in place for such with law enforcement, safely 

usher as many of the 
campus community to a 
safe location, and notify 
the administrator on 
call who, in turn, will 
send out an emergency 
notification using 
e2campus," Oberholtzer 

According to 
Oberholtzer, in August 
Public Safety hosted 
a "tabletop exercise" 
in which the topic was 
an active shooter. The 
scenario played out 
from 38 N. College Ave, 
through the academic 
quad, and into Lynch 
Memorial Hall. 

For over two hours, 
Public Safety, campus 
administrators, members 
of the Critical Incident 
Emergency Management 
Team (CIEMT), 
Residential Life, 
Annville Twp. Police, 
the Pennsylvania State 
Police, Annville Fire, 
and Emergency Medical / LA VIE 

campus is not justified 
in any circumstance." 


Personnel pored over the 
an incident. "Public Safety's step-by-step details of a response, 
community prepared to handle response to an active shooter is This was designed to find the best 
the unthinkable: the crack of to be the best witness possible practices and expose weaknesses 

in the Colleges response plans, 
Oberholtzer explains. 

He says that Public Safety 
now has a second siren activation 
radio to assure its availability. 
Other steps are underway to 
better prepare the staff. FEMA 
courses on National Incident 
Management (NIMS) and 
Incident Command Structure 
(ICS) have been taken by the 
Public Safety staff and recently 
recommended to the CIEMT. 

Krikorian and Oberholtzer 
have also met with several offices 
around campus and discussed 
best practices on awareness and 
response to situations such as 
the active shooter. "Run, Hide, 
Fight" (also on the FEMA and 
Dept. of Homeland Defense 
websites) is another course 
available for anyone. 

The Resident Assistant staff 
has been made aware of the 
resources available so that this 
information can be relayed to the 
students. Students can obtain 
detailed information on what to 
do if there were an active shooter 
by visiting http:/ / 
emergency-plan/ documents/ 

"I am absolutely certain that 
if guns were allowed on campus 
that our students would become 
more fearful," Thayne says. 
"In fact, I would become more 



What Gun Policies Do Other Pennsylvania Colleges and Universities Have? 

Melissa Pavone '14 

Staff Writer 
Isaiah Luck' 14 
Contributing Writer 
And compiled from news 


In January, the Pennsylvania 
State System of Higher 
Education (PSSHE) may vote 
to permit students at the 14 
state-owned universities to carry 
concealed firearms in designated 
areas. If approved by the PSSHE 
Board of Governors, that policy 
could become effective in the 
fall of 20 14. 

The proposed lifting of the 
gun ban is the result of lawyers 
for the state system arguing that 
the existing complete weapons 
ban may not hold up under a 
constitutional challenge and 

would make those schools 
vulnerable to lawsuits. 

As reported by The Patriot 
News and confirmed by PSSHE 
spokesman Kenn Marshall, the 
current policy beingproposed for 
the 14-state owned universities 
would allow weapons in "non- 
sensitive areas" of campuses 
such as sidewalks and areas 
outside buildings, but ban them 
inside buildings and sporting 
events and at entertainment, 
recreational, or educational 
events. It would allow for some 
exceptions to the ban for law 
enforcement, ROTC exercises, 
and a few other activities. 

Under Pennsylvania law, 
persons 18 years of age or older 
can purchase and carry a firearm 
after the weapon has been 


The changes would only 
apply to state universities 
within PSSHE and not private 
institutions, such as Lebanon 
Valley College, Messiah, and 
Dickinson, that ban weapons. 
With the exception of its Public 
Safety officers, Penn State, 
Temple, Pitt, and Lincoln 
University, state- related but 
not under PSSHE, do not allow 
firearms on campus. While 
Messiah prohibits firearms on 
its campus, it occasionally will 
make an exception for a weapon, 
such as a bow, for classroom 
purposes only. 

The 14 PSSHE schools are 
Bloomsburg, Cheyney, East 
Stroudsburg, Indiana, Lock 
Haven, Millersville, Slippery 

Rock, California, Clarion, 
Edinboro, Kutztown, Mansfield, 
Shippensburg, and West Chester. 

Schools that have adopted 
new gun laws are Shippensburg, 
Millersville, Slippery Rock, 
Edinboro, Lock Haven and 
California and Kutztown. 

Millersville and Kutztown 
University refused to comment 
when contacted by La Vie 
Collegienne. Spokespersons said 
they are not at liberty to discuss 
the weapons issue and directed 
all questions to Marshall. 

PSSHE is looking for a 
system of policy. Currently, each 
university has its own policy, 
but before any decisions can be 
made, some universities have 
special circumstances that need 
to be taken into consideration. 

Shippensburg University, for 
example, has an elementary 
school on its campus. 

"The gun laws are different 
for K-12 schools; therefore, 
consideration needs to be taken 
when looking at the overall 
system of policy," Marshall says. 

Pennsylvania is among 23 
states that allow individual 
colleges or universities to 
decide if they will ban concealed 
weapons on campus, according 
to the National Conference 
of State Legislatures. Twenty- 
two states ban concealed 
weapons and five — Colorado, 
Mississippi, Oregon, Utah and 
Wisconsin — allow firearms on 
public university campuses. 


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Residential Life introduces new process for 

managing room changes 

Olivia Wenner ' 1 4 

Contributing Writer 

In an effort to make the process 
of switching rooms a little easier, 
Michael Diesner, Director of 
Residential Life, has developed 
a more cohesive and centralized 
system for those students who 
would like to switch rooms. "The 
idea is to have a process in place 
where students can say, Td like the 
opportunity for a different room 
or roommate in the spring/ and 
to make that process as easy as 
possible/' says Diesner. 

Although in the past, students 
have been able to request a room 
change to Area Coordinators, 
Diesner was most concerned about 
creating an actual form. "I wanted 
to just put something into place 
where we could make it a little bit 
easier on everyone and create more 
of a centralized process/' he says. 

The newly drafted Spring 
Semester Relocation/Roommate 
Request form is now available 
for students who are looking for 
a switch. It covers the various 
scenarios of room changes 
including relocating dorms, room 
vacancies, relocating to an open 
room, and switching rooms. The 

form allows Diesner and the four 
Area Coordinators to collectively 
consider all student requests. 
"Administratively, if there are going 
to be 20 to 30 moves, we will have 
all of our ducks in a row so that all 
Area Coordinators and myself are 
on the same page," says Diesner. 

Besides the general room 
requests of students, Residential 
Life also has to include the rooming 
needs of transfer, graduating, and 
commuting students, as well as 
students who are studying abroad. 
As 30 students are returning from 
Study Abroad, 12 students are 
leaving for Study Abroad, and 
six students are graduating this 
semester, Diesner also has to 
consider their needs in the mix of 
room changes. 

As a commuter her freshman 
year, Courtney Royer '14 recalled 
her experience with changing her 
living status. Living in Grantville, 
she had a 20 minute drive to classes 
every day. Though she didn't 
necessarily mind the time it took 
to drive to LVC, she found that 
driving in the often icy conditions 
of winter was not worth it. 

Deciding that she wanted to live 
on campus was easy, but she was 
not sure how to go about signing up 

for a room. "By the end of freshman 
year, I had built up a good group of 
friends and knew who I wanted 
to room with," says Royer. "I had 
no clue how to go about getting a 
room. One of my friends told me 
that I had to talk to Jason Kuntz and 
the process was fairly simple after 
that. I definitely think that having 
this centralized form will make it 
easier not only for commuters who 
want to switch to on campus living, 
but for all students looking for a 

As far as the actual moving out 
process, Residential Life is still 
working on possible options. "The 
idea is, we need to come up with a 
timeline for the move out's and the 
move ins, but we are still working 
out the minor details of that. We 
have to figure out how to move 
people out before we move people 
in," says Diesner. "We may have to 
do something where, between 9:00 
a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on January 12, 
students would move out of their 
old space. Then from 12:00 p.m. 
on, everyone can move into their 
new spaces." Diesner wanted to 
avoid making students move out 
completely between semesters. 

Ultimately, Residential Life 
would like everyone who is looking 

Photo illustration by Olivia Wenner T4 / LA VIE 

to switch or change rooms to fill 
out a form by Thanksgiving. This 
will allow the Area Coordinators 
and Diesner to sit down with all of 
the forms and work out the room 
changes they need to make all at 
once. Students are still free to fill 
out and submit a form any time 
they need to, but Diesner would 
like to have the bulk of the requests 
submitted at one time so that the 
Residential Life staff can help as 

many students as possible. 

If you are looking to switch 
rooms, applications may be found 
in the Residential Life Office, 
located on the lower level of Mund. 
Additionally, Michael Diesner is 
open to any questions, suggestions 
or ideas regarding room changes. 
You may contact him at diesner(a) 

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umnus Logan Corl '12 credits LV 
for his success after college 

Rebecca Haverstick '14 

Contributing Writer 

College is a journey from 
which we all hope to gain the 
change to lead a successful 
future. We typically wonder 
where we will be after 
graduation. Will I have my 
dream job? Will I move out 
of state? Will I make enough 
money to pay off my loans? 

Alumnus Logan Corl '12 
shares his story about life after 

Corl was quite the 
overachiever when it came to 
studies. He graduated from 
LVC with a B.S. in Accounting 
and a minor in Business 
Administration in 2012 and 

a B.A. in Economics in 2013. 
Aside from his school work, 
Corl participated in intramural 
basketball and football, Phi Beta 
Lambda (a business fraternity), 
Valley Ambassadors, the 
Accounting Club, ValleyFest, 
and Phi Kappa Pi (a business 
honor society). 

His time at LVC was certainly 
no walk in the park, though. 
"I think my greatest success 
came from my drive and 
determination. Venturing out 
of my comfort zone, I quickly 
learned I can relate, sympathize, 
and be cordial with anyone; this 
greatly helped me improve group 
synergy when working on team 
projects/ says Corl. "Finally, I 
learned that my drive to produce 

parentally-acceptable grades 
is limitless when I made up my 
mind to do so." 

With the help of LVC s Job 
Center, Logan was able to land 
a successful position at Clark 
Associates, Inc., in Lancaster, 
PA, just three short months 
after graduating from LVC. The 
company specializes in food- 
service equipment and supplies. 
Corl works in its Business 
Services division as the Accounts 
Receivable Manager. 

Corl gives a sizeable chunk of 
the credit for his current success 
to his education at LVC, saying 
in an email: 

"Because LVC prides 
itself in its small class size, 
communication skills become an 

easily obtainable skill. Working 
within my division at Clark, in 
addition to working with clients 
on a daily basis, the ability with 
which I'm able to communicate 
to different personality types 
greatly increases my efficiency. 

"Business classes aid in 
effectively communicating 
with all the channels of an 
organization: customers, 
suppliers, co-workers, 
distributors, management, etc. 

"But because LVC is a liberal 
arts school and a wide array of 
classes are offered, the breadth of 
knowledge I've gained on many 
topics will continue to benefit 
my social communication in 
years to come. 

"My accounting classes left 

ability to complete 
my daily, weekly, monthly, 
and yearly financial reporting 
in a thorough, analytic, and 
effective manner, while my 
economic models help me 
evaluate clients' and co- 
workers' incentives, as well 
as modeling future growth 
opportunities for my firm." 

As Logan reflects on his 
journey at LVC, he appreciates 
his education not only for 
providing him with a stable 
future, but also for teaching 
life lessons along the way. 

R. HAVERSTICK rsh003(S) 

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Arts&Entertain men t 

Marvel Cinematic Universe delves into darker themes in second phase 

Erika Fisher '17 

Staff Writer 

Warning: This article may 
contain spoilers for the Marvel 
Cinematic Universe. If you are 
not caught up in the films, please 
refrain from reading this article. 

With an intense continuity 
presented by and increased in 
each additional film, the Marvel 
Cinematic Universe has proven to 
be one of the most groundbreaking 
film series in history. Five films 
came before 2012 s blockbuster 
hit The Avengers, and after the 
success of that movie, the MCU 
continued the series with what is 
commonly called Phase 2. A total 
of four films are planned for release 

between the first Avengers and its 
sequel, 2015 s The Avengers: Age 
of Ultron — Iron Man 3, Thor: The 
Dark World, Captain America: The 
Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the 

Iron Man 3 proved to be an 
incredibly personal film after 
the world- changing implications 
provided in The Avengers. Tony 
Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) 
suffers from Post-traumatic stress 
disorder as a result of his near- 
death experience in the previous 
film. Iron Man 3 provided a look at 
the personal consequences on the 
Avengers themselves, and shows 
the hints of a brand new world. It 
also provided some of closure of 
storylines that have existed since 

Iron Man was first released in 

Thor: The Dark World, the 
MCU s second movie to be released 
after The Avengers, promises to 
touch on more serious issues, 
such as the consequences of Loki s 
actions in The Avengers. Interviews 
have promised the deaths of several 
characters in the film, along with 
a deeper, darker look into the 
mythology surrounding the MCU. 
The Dark World will be released on 
November 8 in North America. 

The trailer for the highly- 
anticipated Captain America: The 
Winter Soldier was released on the 
Internet in October. What has 
promised to become a political 
thriller was proven true by the trailer 

alone. The Winter Soldier promises 
to explore the effects the Battle 
of New York had on S.H.I.E.L.D. 
itself, and S.H.I.E.L.D.'s plans to 
adapt to a world where its members 
are the only shield against danger. 
The Winter Soldier also promises 
to be a film going deep into a world 
where shades of gray rule. 

Some believe that the darkening 
in theme and tone is unnecessary; 
however, Phase 2 needs to be darker 
than the films that led up to The 
Avengers. The first films in the 
series introduced characters that 
lived in a world in which the public 
is unaware of the dangers that exist 
in their world. That masquerade 
began to fall apart in Thor, and was 
further demolished by the events 

in The Avengers. It's a new world for 
the MCU after The Avengers, and 
these new films depict this new 
world in a way that is both realistic 
and entertaining. 

The MCU is one of my favorite 
film series of all time. Seeing these 
characters grow though different 
challenges and films has been and 
still is an incredible experience. Just 
because the series is growing darker 
in tone does not mean that the 
quality is going down. Rather, the 
creators are going for new themes 
and trends in the work, which 
provide even more opportunities 
for fan-favorite characters and 



Nanowrimo encourages writers to complete a novel in a month 

Nick Thrailkili/14 


Sometimes every writer needs a 
little push to get the creative juices 
flowing and start working on the 
stories that they've always wanted 
to write. To provide that extra push, 
the Office of Letters and Light, 
a non-profit organization, hosts 
National Novel Writing Month, 
or Nanowrimo, an online and real- 
world event held every November 
that encourages participants to 
write 50,000 words or more of a 
novel between November 1 and 
November 30. 

Depending on the circumstances 
of each participants life and the 
daily routines, obligations, and 
other interests that each participant 
has, it can seem rather daunting to 
try to write a novel, especially one 
that has a coherent and consistent 

plot, believable characters, strong 
themes, and great value as literary 
art. But the goal of Nanowrimo is 
not to have participants to produce a 
flawless final draft, but rather to stop 
simply thinking about writing and 
actually write a first draft of a novel, 
no matter how messy the resulting 
product turns out to be. 

"Novel writing is mostly a one 
day' event. As in, 'One day, I'd like to 
write a novel,'" the staff of the Office 
of Letters and Light writes in the 
Nanowrimo Knowledge Base. "Here's 
the truth: 99% of us, if left to our own 
devices, would never make the time 
to write a novel. It's just so far outside 
our normal lives that it constantly 
slips down to the bottom of our to- 
do lists. The structure of Nanowrimo 
forces you to put away all those self- 
defeating worries and to START." 

Chris Baty founded Nanowrimo 
in 1999 in order to give writers 

"the high commitment and low 
expectations that turn out to be a 
godsend when you're writing the 
first draft of a novel," according to a 
2012 interview with novelist Chuck 

In order to "win" Nanowrimo and 
write a workable first draft, Baty said in 
a 2003 interview with freelance writer 
Elizabeth Bartlett, participants should 
have their inner critics "completely 
locked up somewhere. Basically, you 
need to accept that things will be bad." 
Once Nanowrimo is over, Baty said, 
participants can reclaim their editors, 
because by then they should have 
a completed first draft that is much 
easier to edit than an incomplete one. 

If writers participating in 
Nanowrimo still need help 
reaching their word count goals, the 
Nanowrimo website offers plenty of 
resources to help them throughout 
the month. For example, participants 

can read pep talks by famous 
novelists such as James Patterson 
and Patrick Rothfuss. Participants 
can also discuss writing tips, plot 
ideas, characterization, themes, 
fiction genres, or just the challenges 
and benefits of participating in 
Nanowrimo in the site's forums. 

Besides the accomplishment of 
having written the first draft of a novel 
in a month, Nanowrimo participants 
are also eligible for awards if they reach 
the event's goal of 50,000 words or 
more by the end of November. After 
validating their novel's word count 
on, participants are 
given a unique promo code that they 
can use to publish and receive two 
free copies of their finished novel 
from CreateSpace, an independent 
publisher that sponsors Nanowrimo. 
Participants are also given a purple 
word count bar that says "Winner!" 
on their profile, as well as many other 

benefits of "winning" Nanowrimo. 

Nanowrimo began last Friday, 
and this year's 277,090 participants 
around the world have already 
written millions of words in fiction. 
But there's still plenty of time to 
participate in, "win," and enjoy the 
benefits of Nanowrimo. To sign up 
for Nanowrimo, go to nanowrimo. 
org and click "Sign Up." Once you 
create your account, you'll be able 
to create a page for your novel, 
including its title, a brief synopsis, 
and an excerpt, become writing 
buddies with other Nanowrimo 
participants, and keep track of your 
word count during the month. 

As the Nanowrimo website 
says, "The world needs your novel." 
Nanowrimo provides the time and 
resources you need to get the novel- 
writing process moving. 

N. THRAILKILL nat001(3) 

6 La Vie Collegienne November 6, 2013 


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He Said/ She Said 

Morgan Hartmoyer '16 

Contributing Writer 

Brittany Baird '15 

Contributing Writer 

Do women and men think dif- 
ferently on a range of subjects? 
That's what we'll be exploring in 
our weekly "He Said, She Said" col- 

The column is designed to delve 
into the thinking of the LVC male 
and female. From freshmen to fac- 
ulty we will be asking weekly ques- 
tions to determine if the sexes are 
also different in other ways. 

It is up to you to decide at the 
end of each weekly installment if 
men and women are two different 
creatures. Your thoughts and ques- 
tions are welcomed. Just email us 
at beb001(o) and mah009(o) 

This week's question: "What is 
your biggest turn off and turn on in 
a potential partner?" 

What is it that attracts us to 
another person? When you like 
someone, are you drawn first to the 
physical or nonphysical character- 
istics of that person? 

Asking 20 students at random 

swers regarding turn offs and turn 
ons in potential partners. 

Before going out and survey- 
ing the campus, we assumed that 
men would tend to talk more about 

Turn-offs and turn-ons in potential partners 

created impromptu and honest an- "body odor," and even "smoking" mentioned physical qualities like 

as turn offs. 

"A turn off would be annoying- 
ness or an annoying tone of voice," 
says Matt Baczewski '14. 

"Being clean is important," 
says Hanan 
Khalil '14. "I 
don't like it 
if he's scruffy 
or grungy." 

But most 
tended to 
focus on 
their poten- 
tial partner's 
Morgan Hartmoyer v 16 and Brittany Bard v 15/ LA VIE traits. 

tributes of 

of the non- 
qualities of 
Our random 



"nice smile," "nice facial features," 
"athleticism," and "long hair" but 
some people tended to look be- 
yond the surface. 

"I like someone who is intelli- 
gent and is successful," says Jason 

"Someone with a good taste in 
music," says Erica Kozlowski '14. 
"It lets me know what that person 
is like." 

"I want someone who will put 
me in my place but won't control 
me," says Jeffrey Dickens '15/1 am 
strong willed, so I need someone 
who is, too." 

interviews revealed 
a surprising split in both sexes' re- 


It should first be noted that 
upon being asked the question of 
the week, almost everyone focused 
on the negative first and talked 
about what turns them off in an- 
other person. 

A few students listed physi- 
cal qualities such as "bad breath," 

"Someone who isn't motivated 
or has nothing going for them, a 
scrub,' is someone that I wouldn't 
be interested in," says Emily Franke 

"Arrogance or self-absorption 
would be a turn off for me," says 
Doug Lapp '15. 


Half the men and women we in- 
terviewed said they were attracted 
to personality traits. Some people 


Gender did not turn out to be 
a ruler in determining people's 
answers this week. Both men and 
women were divided when it came 
to physical and nonphysical attri- 




Editorial: Should guns be allowed on campus 

Nick Thrailkill '14 


Amber Shay '15 


Greg Renner '15 

Staff Writer 

In this week's edition of La Vie, 
Melissa Pavone '14 and Isaiah Luck 
'14 have published an insightful set 
of articles about LVC's gun policy, 
student, faculty, and administra- 
tion opinions on having guns on 
campus, and the gun policies of 
other colleges and universities in 

The La Vie staff will now state 
our position on whether LVC 
should permit students, faculty, 
and staff to carry firearms on cam- 

We at La Vie Collegienne believe 
that any U.S. citizen 18 years or 
older has the constitutional right to 
own and carry guns, as long as they 
go through the proper channels 
and training for doing so. We have 
no intention of infringing on the 

rights of people who legally own 
guns at home and use them for le- 
gal purposes, such as hunting. 

That being said, we do not be- 
lieve that LVC students, faculty, 
and staff should be permitted to 
carry guns on campus. 

LVC really has no need for guns 
on campus. Public Safety does not 
need guns to defend our campus 
because they rarely encounter situ- 
ations more dangerous than drunk- 
en students and non-students 
causing trouble, and those kinds of 
situations can be resolved without 
using guns. 

Even if a situation where fire- 
arms were used or needed, the An- 
nville Police are stationed only a 
few blocks away from campus and 
would arrive shortly after the cam- 
pus siren was sounded for an emer- 

We also believe that allowing 
students, faculty, and staff to have 
guns on campus would cause un- 
necessary risk and make the cam- 
pus less safe. LVC's campus is a 

very public place, and there is al- 
ways the risk that someone could 
accidentally or intentionally use a 
gun to harm or kill other people. 

Furthermore, we at La Vie think 
it is extremely important that stu- 
dents be taught what safety mea- 
sures to take in case a shooter were 
to ever appear on campus because 
although we are a private college, 
we are not isolated from the world 
and need to be prepared for any 

Overall, the La Vie staff believes 
that guns should not be allowed 
on campus, but that it is ultimately 
the College's decision to manage 
and uphold its own gun policy as it 
deems necessary. 

Nick Thrailkill x 14 / LA VIE 


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Wednesday, 11/6 

Field Hockey 
at Elizabethtown College 
3 p.m. 

Women's Volleyball 
vs Messiah College 
7 p.m. 

Friday, 11/8 

at Cabrini College 

6 p.m. 

Men's Ice Hockey 
vsWest Chester University 

7 p.m. 

Saturday, 11/9 

vs Stevenson University 
1 p.m. 

For more schedules, visit 

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Amanda Douglass 
Women's Soccer 

Douglass earned the MAC Player of 
the Week honor this week, for her 
game-winner in the team's Senior 
Day win over Arcadia. Just 40 
seconds into OT, Douglass slipped 
the ball behind the goalkeeper. 

Megan Harris 
Field Hockey 

In order for the team to win their first 
CC tournament game on Monday, it 
was essential to beat Elizabethtown. 
Harris scored the team's lone goal 
to make that all possible, in the 10th 
minute of the game. 

A Sports Column: The BCS Controversy 

Paul Schriner '15 

Contributing Writer 

The Bowl Championship 
Series (BCS) has many flaws, but 
it creates controversy that keeps 
fans entertained and interested in 
college football. 

The BCS System has been 
around since 1998 and this is its 
last year. It will be replaced by a 
new system in which a committee 
will select four teams to play in 
a playoff system for the national 

The first BCS poll came out on 
October 20th and there is already 
controversy with people arguing 
over where certain teams should be 
ranked and who is being overrated. 
The first poll came out with the 
Florida State Seminoles shockingly 
being ranked second over the 
Oregon Ducks. 

Oregon is ranked second over 
Florida State in both the Coaches' 
and Harris Polls but because of 
the combined computer rankings 
which makes up a third of the BCS 
Poll being factored in, Florida State 
ends up being rated higher then 
Oregon in the BCS Poll. 

The BCS poll is a combination of 
the Coaches', Harris, and Computer 
Polls. The combination of these 
three ranking systems create the 
BCS System that determines the 

BCS Bowls and the BCS national 
championship game. 

The BCS system has lasted for 
so long because it generates a ton 
of revenue for the big conferences 
in the Big Ten, Pacific- 12, Atlantic 
Coast (ACC), Southeastern (SEC), 
American Athletic (formerly 
known as the Big East), and the 
Big 12. These conferences like the 
system because they make so much 
for money compared to smaller 
conferences like the Mountain 
West and these big conferences 
don t care that people don t like the 
system as long as they are a making 
a great profit off it. 

Every season there seems to be 
at least a few controversies going on 
with the BCS System as the season 
goes on with who is going to make 
the national championship game 
and who is going to be left out. 
No matter what two teams make 
it, there is going to be people who 
are outraged by the results and 
complain on why another team 
should have made it in. 

There have been instances where 
teams have made the national 
championship game and they didn't 
even win their own conferences like 
the 2001 Nebraska Cornhuskers, 
2003 Oklahoma Sooners, and 
most recently the 2011 Alabama 
Crimson Tide. This Alabama team 
didn t even play in their conference 

championship game and lost to the 
other participant in the national 
championship game, Louisiana 
State Tigers (LSU), earlier in the 
regular season and got another 
chance to play them which Alabama 
ended up winning to claim the title. 

Some people would say these 
controversies damage the sport but 
I would say that they ultimately help 
the sport. These controversies keep 
people talking and gives television 
outlets like ESPN something 
to report on and argue about to 
bring up viewership and getting 
people talking amongst themselves 
bringing even more attention to 
college football. 

ESPN network has been 
making more and more shows with 
people arguing topics going on in 
sports like First Take, Pardon the 

Interruption, Around the Horn, 
and Numbers Never Lie. These 
shows entertain people and are the 
most talked about shows on the 
ESPN networks. 

The new playoff system being 
introduced next year could end 
up being the fairest way to decide 
the four teams to contend for the 
national championship, but I don t 
think it will keep peoples interest 
throughout the season quite like 
the BCS system does right now. In 
a case like this, the right and fairest 
thing to do might end up being the 
wrong thing to do for the sport. 



Quarterfinal Comeback for Field Hockey 

Dan Callahan '14 

Sports Editor 

Winning games for the field 
hockey team lately have come 

In the Commonwealth 
Conference Quarterfinals on 
Monday, the fourth-seeded team 
took on the fifth-seeded Stevenson 
Mustangs, and came back to win, 
3-2, after trailing 2-1 throughout 
the game. 

Melissa Brosious '14 and 
Megan Arnst '17 scored the late 
goals, both in the last four minutes 
of the game, to help lead the team 

Chloe Baro, who is the 
CC Defensive Player of the 
Week for her regular season 
finale performance against 
Elizabethtown, had nine saves in 

the win. She had a spectacular 
diving save in the 49th to save a 
goal as well. 

Junior Lauren Brumbach put 
the Valley on the scoreboard at 
the 7:44 mark, off a Brosious 
corner. Stevenson responded 
quickly, and took a 2-1 lead after 
a number of penalty corners. LVC 
took a timeout, and gained back 
much needed momentum, that 
Stevenson had been controlling 
through the entire second half. 

Shots finished evenly between 
both teams at 16, and Megan 
Harris '14 led LVC with four of 
her own. 

With the win, the women will 
take on top-seeded Elizabethtown 
in the CC Semis at 3 p.m. 
Wednesday, the same team who 
they beat 1-0 last week. 


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Murphy Honors Father Every Snap 

Kyle Wenger '14 
Morgan Heller ' 15 

"J.W.M" is what quarterback 
Brian Murphy '15 from 
Schuylkill Haven writes on his 
wrist before every game. He 
does this to honor someone 
who he loves and misses every 
day - his father. Jack Murphy. 

Tragedy struck Murphy's 
family on the afternoon of May 

15, 2012. His father went on a 
sailing trip and never returned. 
There was a boating accident 
during the trip. Murphy was at 
his friend's house when he got 
a phone call from his brother 
telling him to get home right 
away. Murphy shrugged it off 
and stayed at his friend's a little 
while longer until he received 
a call for the second time. This 

time his brother was in tears. 
Murphy rushed home right 

"He didn't beat around the 
bush. He just came right out and 
said 'Dad died'/' said Murphy. 
When he heard this news he 
became speechless, shocked 
and didn't even know what to 
think about the situation. He 
just went and spent some time 
alone. He thought about the 
night of the 12th, the last night 
when they saw each other where 
they ate wings and hung out, as 
well as what he would have said 
and done if he had known he 
would not see his dad again. 

"My dad was 64 years old. 
He was recently retired for two 
years from being a landscaper, 
and then he was working as 
chaplain every Sunday, visiting 
hospice and other people, just 
talking to them," Murphy said. 
"He was worried about other 
people's happiness than his 
own. He did anything to make 
anybody else's day happier." 
Knowing how great of a person 
his father was and the memories 
they shared, Murphy could not 

A MEMORIAL TO HIS FATHER Brian Murphy '15 writes U J.W.M." on 
his wrist before every football game to honor his father. 

have been happier to spend 19 110 percent because I owe it 

years of his life with him. 

After coping with his loss the 
rest of the summer, it was time 
for Murphy to return to campus 
to begin football preseason. 
This transition back into 
football was easy for Murphy as 
his family, friends and coaches 
were all supportive during this 
hard time. 

"My team really had my 
back on it and really helped 
me through it," said Murphy. 
"That's why I go out there with 

to them since they helped me 
through this tough time." 

Through the toughest of 
times, Brian Murphy thinks of 
his father and all the lessons he 
had taught them. His leadership 
ability has led his team to a 
5-1 record this year. They are 
currently in first place in the 
conference. No matter the 
result of the season, he knows 
he has made his dad proud. 


In Dramatic Overtime Thriller, Football Beats Del Val 34-31 

Now 7-1, LVC plays Stevenson on Saturday with first-ever top 25 ranking 

Dan Callahan '14 

Sports Editor 

Two words: ring chasing. 

The LVC football team 
took to the road on Saturday, 
and headed to Doylestown for 
a MAC showdown with the 
Aggies, a huge game for the 
once-beaten Dutchmen. 

The result, a 34-31 OT win, 
the 100th win for head coach 
Jim Monos, and the sole first- 
place position atop the MAC 

Sean Fakete '14 was the 
deciding factor in overtime, as 
he nailed the game winning field 
goal from 26-yards out. With 
that game winning field goal, it 
sealed the comeback victory for 
the Valley, who trailed 24-7 at 
one point. 

Head coach Jim Monos 
wanted this win for his team, not 
his 100th win, the first coach to 
do so in program history. 

"To do it here, down 24- 
7, this football team just 
doesn't blink," said Monos in 
a post-game interview with "This win is 
about this football team and the 
road we're on. I'm really proud 
of them." 

After trailing 24-7 at halftime, 
the Dutchmen came out in the 
second half with a monstrous 
comeback riding on their backs. 
Scoring 24 unanswered points 
led the team into OT, which led 
to Fakete's game-winner. 

Austin Hartman '17 and 
Brandon Irving '16 scored 
rushing touchdowns for the 
Dutchmen, Hartman from 
2 -yards away and Irving with 

a big 40-yard score. Junior 
quarterback Brian Murphy also 
tossed a 16-yard TD pass to 
Tyler George in the fourth. 

The game came down to a 
mere 0.1 seconds, which was 
just enough for Del Val to 
score a final touchdown as time 
expired, to tie the game at 31 

Following three 
incompletions on the Aggies 
first OT possession, Irving and 
Murphy provided two tough 
runs to get the Valley close 
enough for Fakete to put one 

through the uprights. 

"I've been waiting awhile 
to help the team win a game, 
today was my day I guess," said 
Fakete after the big win with "It was a 
great team win." 

With the big victory, LVC 
earned their first-ever top 25 
ranking, and putting the #25 
next to their name is a great 
feeling heading into the final 
two regular season games. They 
control their own destiny. 

D. CALLAHAN dpc001(o)